‘Very dire situation’: Disappearance of Alberta’s caribou threatens centuries-old way of life

Brian Grandbois remembers the northern lights flickering across the sky over his childhood home.

When he looks up now, he sees the glow of light trapped under an umbrella of steam and smoke, pouring from the oil and gas processing plants that carpet the land northwest of Cold Lake, Alta.

An elder on the Cold Lake First Nation, Grandbois is especially worried about woodland caribou, which now share the forest with pipelines and oil wells.

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